Japanese Cheese at Fromagerie Alpage

On a spring day, Kagurazaka is one of Tokyo’s loveliest neighborhoods to wander around. It is full of European-inspired bistros, trattorias, and beer gardens. Within a single block, you can walk out of one shop with a delicious baguette, another with a bottle of Chianti Classico, and down one small alley sits Fromagerie Alpage with the good cheese. 

Fromagerie Alpage Storefront
Japanese cheese tasting with Hokkaido wine
Menu of Japanese cheese

This past weekend, Fromagerie Alpage hosted its regular Cheese Cafe, fixing cheese platters and serving drinks all made in Japan. The cheese platters came with a choice of 3 or 5 cheeses from an impressive selection of 22 cheeses from all across the country. Pairings were suggested with domestic sparkling, white, red, sake, or green tea. The recommendations were right on point.  One sumptuous cream line of a goat cheese paired with green tea somehow tasted like green tea ice cream! To round off guests' hunger, Fromagerie Alpage served potatoes smothered in raclette cheese from Tokachi, Hokkaido made using onsen (hot spring) water.  

Check out the flyer (in Japanese) and the translations of names included below. Some can already be found on The Geography of Cheese, and all the rest will surely come soon. 

1. Ricotta, Il Riccottaro, Okayama
2. Tomino, Il Riccottaro, Okayama
3. Mozzarella, Rakukeisha, Hokkaido
4. Nachi, Uraken Yufuin Cheese Workshop, Oita
5. Nasuno, Ima Farm, Tochigi
6. Tamari bathed cheese sticks, Amatani Cheese Workshop, Tochigi
7. Fromage Blanc (with seasonal fruit), Mirasaka Cheese Workshop, Hiroshima
8. Chausudake, Ima Farm, Tochigi
9. Tenrai Chèvre, Bosukeso, Nagano
10. Mimaki, Kimoto, Bosukeso, Nagano
11. Robiola, Rakukeisha, Hokkaido
12. Shinonome, Ima Farm, Tochigi
13. Fuuro, Yokoi Farm, Hokkaido
14. Maru Wash, Atelier de Fromage, Nagano
15. Blue Cheese, Atelier de Fromage, Nagano
16. Tomosu Blue, Amatani Cheese Workshop, Tochigi
17. Pepper Gouda, Nagato Farm, Nagano
18. Niseko Mimolette Momiji (aged 12 months), Niseko Cheese Workshop, Hokkaido
19. Kohaku, Itoshima Natural Cheese Manufacturer, Fukuoka
20. Anepetsu, Yokoi Farm, Hokkaido
21. Gold Label, Tsurui Cheese, Hokkaido
22. Shintoko, Kyodogakusha, Hokkaido